Department of Energy
3.4 of 5 83 reviews
www.energy.gov Washington, DC 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 24, 2014
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Department of Energy Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz

Dr. Ernest Moniz

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Pros:
  • "Most supervisors were very supportive of teleworking and work/life balance"
    in 10 reviews
  • "job security, research and development ok"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "A lot of red tape to get things done, cleared"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Senior management was not always supportive of ideas from lower level management or employees"
    in 3 reviews
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    Consultant in Emergency Management and Nuclear Safety, Nuclear, Biological, Chemical

    Consultant (Current Employee)
    Oak Ridge, TN

    ProsGood salaries and usually longer assignments.

    ConsConstantly changing budgetary constraints cause unsure environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse the experience your people have. Don't work in a vacuum. People WANT to share their experience with you and the organization. All you have to do is ask.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Many opportunities to advance if you can deal with some bureaucracy

    Operations Research Analyst (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsJobs at DOE cover a large spectrum from policy to quantitative analytics to national security. Once you get in, you have many opportunities to explore and grow. There are some super smart people. Find them.

    Consah, its the Federal Government and DOE has its share of career who don't give a hoot about being innovative or taking chances. Ignore them. Some of the bureaucracy can be annoying.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDOE is pretty good at attracting smart, young people, but it needs to get better at retaining them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Frustrating environment with little upward mobility

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible work schedule. flexibility in attending seminars. Easier access to management. Less stovepipe than Dept. of Defense.

    ConsIt’s all about personalities and attitude, who's who and what degree from where in lieu of focusing on products, deliverables and outcomes. Has internal focus on its own ideas with little effort to adopt external benchmarks. An excuse such as Science is one of its primary missions, therefore DOE is different from other departments, and products/deliverables are “tactical in nature “while “strategic thinking" is the desired outcome!!! Training and development of their employees are lacking. No upward mobility unless you know how to tap dance around senior management, or you are from the labs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSeek advice on how to change the culture. Enforce rotational assignment across career employees and make it a mandatory for upward mobility. Ensure performances and award are focused on deliverables, results and outcomes. Develop programs to improve employee skills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Program Assistant (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsPay was great.
    Met great people.

    ConsMore involvement with management so I can learn more.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome up with better way for interns to learn

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This job is a very stress free workplace

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsRelaxing Job, Great Pay, Fun environment, Great employees, Friendly employees

    ConsNot a customer based job so if you don't like to sit in a office all day with no customer intereaction, This is not the job for you

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Experience

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGet exposed to how government technology programs work and how they are run through the country. Get to see the big picture of technology and how its impacting the economy.

    ConsGovernment work is a bit different than working for the private sector. At times it can be much slower, with more politics involved.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stimulating position in the world of government

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGood, old-fashioned, benefits, with the expectation and the capability to change the world, legally. A good place to blend technology with policy.

    ConsWay, way, too much bureaucracy, with contradictory rules and political tender spots. Department needs a clearly stated mission a la DOD

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't spend your entire budget every year, come hell or high water, and make choices that are sensible from a practical, rather than a political, perspective.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's been a good career choice.

    Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsBeing a public servant. Job security.

    ConsPublic servants aren't always appreciated and sometimes even hated by public sector employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    50% bureaucracy 50% making a difference -10% chance of that

    Energy Technology Program Specialist (Current Employee)
    Washington, DC

    ProsGreat benefits and salary for public sector work. Very steep learning curve. Relatively breezy compared to private sector, but maybe because the work is more interesting. Pretty open dialogue in Strategic Programs Office.

    ConsAround half the time dealing with information requests and interagency BS as well as bureaucratic process. It seems like half the people come here to settle down. There are some go-getters though. Rather stale cultural environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice people but more of a self-starter

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Las Vegas, NV

    ProsBenefits were good, such as education reimbursement, health, dental, etc.

    ConsResistent to change, and slow to position employees internally. Hiring new employees was also pretty slow which lead to increased work loads and little acknowledgement or compensation changes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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